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Imagine by John Lennon

Joel F. Doan
Martin Davis
ENG-242
Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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Imagine by John Lennon
It was difficult for me to write about John Lennon's song, Imagine, and not about John himself, the Beatles, Liverpool, Yoko Ono, New York, his assassination, or anything else. This song, as conceived and as first recorded, is deceptively simple. It consists of a short intro on piano, two verses, a chorus, a third verse, and a repeat of the chorus, followed by a brief 'play out' which is more or less a recap of the intro, turned to close on the tonic chord. But the song has inner strength. The simplicity is indeed deceptive. There are subtleties in the structure and execution. Also, the lyric, though superficially platitudinous, never oversteps itself, and is in fact genuinely challenging to the open mind.
Imagine is in the key of C Major, the simplest key in western music. The four bar intro is alternate bars of C (the tonic) and F (the subdominant). Guitar transcriptions put C major 7th on beat four of bars 1 & 3, but that is only to recognize the passing note B in the piano right hand melody. The verse harmony is simple in that it changes only on beat one of each bar.
Each of the three verses begins "Imagine" and answers with an empathetic comment. And each verse is more challenging than the one before. There can be nothing…...

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